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president obama and mitt romney want to avoid any embarrassing moments during tonight's presidential debate. since the debates began regularly back in 1976 there have been many memorable moments both good and bad. bill plante reports few have changed the outcome of the election. >> reporter: in 1980 president jimmy carter led governor ronald reagan in the polls but one line from reagan in their only debate put carter on the defensive and make a mantra for future challengers to an incumbent. >> are you better off than you were four years ago? >> reporter: in 1984 reagan now the incumbent did it again. after seeming to lose his way in the first debate with walter mondale, the 73-year-old reagan diffused the issue with one well timed quip. >> i will not make age an issue of this campaign. i will not exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience. [ laughter ] >> one liners like those are far and few in between. historians says it's not what the candidates say that usually matters the most. >> less important than what they say is how they appear. do they treat their rival w
oh, sorry! excuse us. shhh-shh! >>> face to face. president obama and mitt romney are set to square off tonight in the first of three debates before the presidential election. >>> attack investigation. lawmakers are raising questions about security at the u.s. consulate in benghazi and whether the death of ambassador chris stevens and three others could have been prevented. >>> bullying backlash. a television anchor responds to a viewer who criticizes her for being overweight. >> attacks like this are not okay. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, october 3, 20 2012. good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. round one tonight. this evening president obama and mitt romney face off in the first of three scheduled debates. the topic tonight in denver domestic affairs including the economy, health care reform and imgrmigration and the clock is ticking. the election is less than five weeks away and the stakes are high. susan mcginnis is in washington. >> reporter: first debates get the most attention of all of them and the first 30 minutes are said to be the most
for the white house has taken a new turn. less than six weeks before the presidential election president obama is widening his lead over mitt romney. it's estimated 237 are solidly behind president obama or leaning in his direction while 206 votes are in mitt romney's camp. cbs news quinnipiac university "new york times" poll said president obama has gained significant ground over mitt romney in ohio, pennsylvania and florida. we have more on this. >> reporter: good morning. that's right. both are scrambling for support in those potentially make-or-break states. today honing in on ohio. by bus or by plane for mitt romney and paul ryan this election could come down to one state. >> o.h. o.h.! works every time. >> reporter: ohio is one of the key swing states in this election and today romney and president obama will be battling for attention there, but the latest cbs news poll swing states shows romney with some ground to make up. the poll just out this morning has president obama up 10 points in the buckeye state, he had a six point lead before the convention. >> ohio we tried what they are se
the gunman was an employee who lost his job. >>> the first presidential debate will be next week. president obama and mitt romney will argue domestic issues next week. the obama campaign released a scathing commercial taking a shot at romney's remarks that 47% of americans don't pay income tax. >>> 47% of the people will vote for the people no matter what. they believe they are victims, they believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled. >> romney put out two new ads. saying his policies will make life better for voters. susan mcginnis is in washington with all of this this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, terrell. romney is in pennsylvania today, not airing any ads in the state today. this is a state that hasn't supported a republican in nearly 25 years. apparently his visit, according to his aides talking privately is more about fund-raising to try to sort of slow the president's momentum with early voting in many areas under way. early voting began in iowa thursday morning and voters lined up to cast their ballots. president oba
this election again. >> reporter: it was the president's last scheduled appearance before the first presidential debate on wednesday. like his opponent, he's trying to lower expectations. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who is going to have the best zinger. governor romney is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: mitt romney heads to colorado today for his last minute cram session. romney fit in another rehearsal after church in boston on sunday. he's been practicing since june. while many believe wednesday's debate is a must-win for romney, his running mate paul ryan says this will not be a defining moment. >> i don't think one event will make-or-break this campaign. >> reporter: apparently not everyone got the memo to down play expectations. >> thursday morning you'll all be scratching your heads and say wow we have a barn burner now. >> reporter: the debate will center on domestic issues including the economy but right now romney is focused on foreign policy and has been slamming the president over his handling of the events in the middle east. in an op-ed in the
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